Edinboro to host benefit concert honoring alum

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 at 3:40 PM
Edinboro to host benefit concert honoring alum by Julia Carden
Musician Mike Mannarino performing. Contributed Photo.

The second annual Ryan Cappelletty benefit concert will be held at Molly Brannigan’s Irish Pub in Erie on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 10 p.m. The concert was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

This will be the fourth Ryan Cappelletty benefit, but according to organizer Dr. Tony Peyronel, this is the second annual concert since the event was rebrandedin 2019 when Molly Brannigan's was selected as the venue. This year’s benefit concert will feature Erie’s own Mike Mannarino, a local singer and guitarist.  

“Up until this year, the music was always provided by Ricky Manning and his Donnie Irish Band, which was perfect because Manning is also a law enforcement professional in Pittsburgh,” Peyronel said. “He had a scheduling conflict this year, so we're fortunate to have Mike Mannarino do a solo acoustic show, and we also plan to include Mia Harvey, Edinboro's most famous bagpiper and a PRSSA board member, into the mix to keep with the Celtic theme of Molly Brannigan's, which will also be decorated for the holiday season.” 

Ryan Cappelletty was an Edinboro University graduate who also attended McDowell High School. He studied criminal justice and became a police officer in Chesterfield County, Virginia following his graduation in 2002. Cappelletty was shot and killed in the line of dutywhen he was only 23 years old  

“This event is truly a fun time that has become a fitting legacy to Ryan Cappelletty,” Peyronel added.  

All proceeds raised will go towards the Ryan E. Cappelletty Memorial Scholarship, which honors the fallen police officer and is available to students of Edinboro University. There is no cost to attend, but donations to the fund are encouraged.  

According to Peyronel, the event will also include a silent auction, a 50/50 ticket raffle, and t-shirts available for purchase. 

The event is co-sponsored by Edinboro University’s Department of Criminal Justice, Anthropology, and Forensic Sciences, the Edinboro Beehive and Edinboro’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). The organizers also worked with the advancement office and Victor Hudson, manager of annual giving.  

Edinboro students, alumni, local police officers, and other members of the public are encouraged to attend the concert to enjoy food, cocktails, musical entertainment and more for a great cause. Molly Brannigan’s is located downtown at 506 State Street Erie, Pa. Questions and comments regarding the event can be directed to Anthony Peyronel at apeyronel@edinboro.edu.

Julia Carden is the music editor and social media director for The Spectator. She can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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